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Food chains under fire for wage theft, illegal background checking

Restaurant and food-delivery chains have been under fire lately, as Chipotle, Waffle House and Papa John’s Pizza have all been slapped with lawsuits recently. Four current and former Papa John’s franchises reached a settlement with New York employees and former employees after admitting that they had not paid fair wages to 250 workers in the…

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Why do employers check credit?

New York City’s decision to ban all employment credit checks this past spring, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit that question: Why DO employers check credit scores for potential employees, and what information do they get when they pull a credit report? First of all, when an employer pulls a credit…

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Don’t take credit-report screening advice for granted

It was more than six months ago when craft retailer Michaels was allegedly informed that it needed to move its background check disclosure statement on its job applications. Michaels was allegedly told by consumer reporting agency General Information Services Inc. that it needed to put that disclosure on a separate document, as it was “included…

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Study: credit score an indicator of personal health, not just financial

A new study entitled “Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk, and human capital” was released in the December issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, in which researchers studied more than 1000 people for almost 40 years to determine if heart health and personal finances could be correlated. Employers often use credit reports to…

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New York City considering pre-employment credit check ban

once again introduced legislation that would prevent city employers from utilizing credit checks in determining whether a candidate is a good fit for a job. Jobs that require credit checks under state or federal law would, of course, be exempt from the new law, should it pass. Employers often utilize credit checks in determining whether…

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Why you should hire a screening service for pre employment background screening

A lawsuit was filed back in July 2013 against Swift Transportation of Arizona for improper pre employment background screening practices. The class-action suit was filed by several truck drivers, including James Ellis III, who complained that Swift Transportation violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to disclose that credit checks and criminal record checks…

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Equal Employment bill fights against pre-employment credit checks

47 percent of employers request credit checks prior to hiring new employees. Nine states have already banned credit checks during pre-employment screening. The intent behind the bill is that poor applicants with credit problems may have a harder time finding employment than a similar candidate with good credit, and that sometimes the things one would…

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Employment credit check debate continues

credit checks in employment have been raging between authorities across the country for months now. It’s difficult enough finding a job in today’s economy. When pre-employment background checks add bad credit to the mix, it’s nearly impossible for many qualified candidates. An economic repression has left millions in financial trouble, but many argue that this…

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